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More than 9.5 lakhs women avail benefit under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2014-15 and 2015- 16


More than 9.5 lakhs women avail benefit under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2014-15 and 2015- 16

Scheme to be implemented on a Pan India basis w.e.f. 01.01.2017

The Maternity Benefit Programme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme being implemented through the State Governments/UT Administrations. The Ministry issues guidelines for implementation of the Programme, releases funds in the prescribed cost sharing ratio and monitors implementation of the scheme. Whenever, any incident of non-payment of benefits under the Programme is brought to the notice of the Ministry, the concerned State Government/UT Administration is requested to take necessary action in this regard.
Adequate fund have been placed at the disposal of States/UTs for providing maternity benefit to the eligible beneficiaries.

Earlier this scheme was implemented in selected 53 districts of the country, the Government has approved pan- India Implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme to cover all the districts of the country with effect from 01.01.2017. Year-wise details of funds allotted to the scheme are as under:

Year2011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17
Allocations
(Rupees in Crore)
BE- 520.00
RE-403.00
BE-520.00
RE-93.87
BE-500.00
RE- 300.00
BE-400.00
RE-358.00
BE-438.00
RE-233.50
BE-400.00
RE-617.00*
* For implementation of Maternity Benefit Programme.

Details of funds released under the Maternity Benefit Programme during 2011-12 to 2016-17 (Up to 06.03.2017) and number of beneficiaries across the country is as follows:

Year2011- 122012- 132013- 142014- 152015-16
Funds Released (Rs. In Crores) 293.8382.57232.05343.13233.46
Beneficiaries309749644167588971616420336910
No. Of States not reported data of beneficiaries4038 10

This information was given by Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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